Phone: 206.239.4780
 

Russian Language Classes

Russian is an East Slavic language and is spoken in regional dialects. The modern dialect of Moscow is used in the Washington Academy of Languages’ instructional programs. Come join us for classes!

Sunset on the Volga, Russia, kindly shared by Dr. Robert Gloster, former WAL student

Sunset on the Volga, Russia, photo courtesy of Dr. Robert Gloster, former WAL student

Schedule

Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee
-Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run.

-All classes are 20 hours.

-Classes cost $350.

 

Winter Schedule: January- March

Classes above level 1 require a placement or the previous level. New students may find placement information here.

Registrations due: 12/29/2018. Classes will be confirmed/canceled via email on 12/30/2018.

Class Teacher Days Time Start date End date
Russian 1
RUS 9001
Pamela Jeffcoat Tue 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/8/2019 3/12/2019
Russian 2
RUS 9002
Irina Spinosa Thur 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/10/2019 3/14/2019
Russian 2
RUS 9002
Irina Spinosa Sat 1:00 – 3:00 PM 1/12/2019 3/23/2019
Russian Inter. Conv.
RUS 9099
Irina Spinosa Tue 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/8/2019 3/12/2019

Holidays (if applicable): 1/21, 2/16, 2/18

Register here.

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Levels

Russian 1

The Level 1 Russian class is a 20-hour introductory course to the language and culture of Russia. It is intended for learners with no experience learning Russian. The emphasis is on basic speaking and getting comfortable with the language, but with a good grammatical foundation.  Topics include salutations and introductions, ordering food, talking about professions, family, daily activities, asking and providing information, etc. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence:

By the end of the course, students will be able to maintain simple conversations in the present tense. They will be able to greet, introduce themselves and other people, say good-bye in formal and informal ways.  They will be able to order or buy food at a cafe or store, buy clothes, use expressions of courtesy, use numbers from 0 to 100, use question words Who? What? Why? Where?, talk about professions and occupations, daily activities, and ask/express location. Students will also master the Cyrillic alphabet, be able to read basic texts and sentences in Russian, and spell key vocabulary.

Grammatical competence:

In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to the next level.  The students will learn three genders of Russian nouns as well as their singular and plural forms in the Nominative case; personal and possessive pronouns and their gender and plural forms in the Nominative Case; the learners will be introduced to the Nominative and Prepositional Cases, and verbs of 1st and 2nd conjugations in the Present Tense.

Required Materials:

Ovsiyenko, Y.G (2017) Russian Language for Beginners Book 1+ CD (Русский язык для начинающих, Книга 1 + CD by Ю. Г. Овсиенко). ISBN: 9785883371195 (Use this to search for book online)

Khavronina, S.A. and Shirochenskaya, A.I. (2013) Russian in Exercises (Русский язык в упражнениях byХавронина,  С.А.  and Широченская, А.И. ). ISBN: 9785883371553 (Use this to search for book online)

Russian 2

Prerequisite: Completion of Russian 1 or placement

The Level 2 Russian class is a 20-hour course of the Russian language and culture. It is intended for learners who know the Cyrillic Alphabet, basic vocabulary, grammar and conversational phrases.  In Level 2 class students will learn how to use nouns in the Prepositional and Accusative Cases, how to conjugate verbs in the present and use them in the past tense. Adjectives and adverbs will be introduced. Topics include family, daily routine, expressing likes and dislikes, delight and dismay, visiting places and countries, home, weather, character and personality. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence:

By the end of the course, students will be able to maintain simple conversations in the present and past tense. They will be able to talk about their family, daily schedule, weather, vacation, hobbies and interests. They will learn how to use verbs and adjectives to describe objects and people. Students will also write short texts, listen to songs and memorize short poems.

Grammatical competence:

In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to the next level.  The students will learn verb conjugations and past tense forms. Many exercises will be dedicated to mastering the Prepositional Case of the nouns. Students will learn how to agree adjectives with nouns in gender and number.

Required Materials:

Ovsiyenko, Y.G (2017) Russian Language for Beginners Book 1+ CD (Русский язык для начинающих, Книга 1 + CD by Ю. Г. Овсиенко). ISBN: 9785883371195 (Use this to search for book online)

Khavronina, S.A. and Shirochenskaya, A.I. (2013) Russian in Exercises (Русский язык в упражнениях byХавронина,  С.А.  and Широченская, А.И. ). ISBN: 9785883371553 (Use this to search for book online)

Russian 3

Prerequisite: Completion of Russian 2 or placement

At this level, participants become proficient enough in Russian to be able to communicate with others about such topics as schedules, shopping, meeting people, telephone conversations and cooking. Grammar:  accusative case of special modifiers, the dative case of pronouns and indirect objects, genitive case of nouns and adjectives, and verbs of motion.  Imperfective and perfective verb stems and the future tense are also studied.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lubensky, S. (2002). Nachalo, Book 1 (2nd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill. (ISBN: 9780072433937)

Recommended Exercise Book (Level 1-6):

Khavronina, S.A. and Shirochenskaya, A.I. (2013). Russian in Exercises. Moscow. (ISBN: 9785883371553)

Russian 4

Prerequisite: Completion of Russian 3 or placement

This course reviews grammar presented in previous levels.  Indirect speech, impersonal constructions, imperatives, instrumental case, and more verbs of motion are covered.  During this course, participants further develop their facility in discussing recreational and cultural interests and events, particularly those related to popular Russian culture. More ways to express needs, wishes, dates and plans are discussed.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lubensky, S. (2002). Nachalo, Book 1 (2nd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill. (ISBN: 9780072433937)

Recommended Exercise Book (Level 1-6):

Khavronina, S.A. and Shirochenskaya, A.I. (2013). Russian in Exercises. Moscow. (ISBN: 9785883371553)

Russian 5

Prerequisite:  Completion of Russian 4 or placement

This course continues case study of all cases of nouns and adjectives, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs.  We learn colors, continue more complex time expressions, use “someone/something” and “anyone/anything”, and use reflexive pronouns.  Topics:  weights and measurements, sickness and health, holidays, commands and invitations, expressing wishes and making toasts.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lubensky, S. (2002). Nachalo, Book 1 (2nd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill. (ISBN: 9780072433937)

Recommended Exercise Book (Level 1-6):

Khavronina, S.A. and Shirochenskaya, A.I. (2013). Russian in Exercises. Moscow. (ISBN: 9785883371553)

Russian 6

Prerequisite:  Completion of Russian 5 or placement

We finish the Nachalo textbook with more work on verb tenses, perfective/imperfective aspect, and use subjunctive mood to describe what might have happened/should have happened and give advice.  Topics:  Ordering tickets, going to the theater, describing people and their professions, occupations and pastimes.

Required Textbook (Level 1-6):

Lubensky, S. (2002). Nachalo, Book 1 (2nd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill. (ISBN: 9780072433937)

Recommended Exercise Book (Level 1-6):

Khavronina, S.A. and Shirochenskaya, A.I. (2013). Russian in Exercises. Moscow. (ISBN: 9785883371553)

Russian 7

Prerequisite:  Completion of Russian 6 or placement
*Course description and outcomes under construction*

Required Materials:

Ovsiyenko, Y.G (2017) Russian Language for Beginners Book 1+ CD (Русский язык для начинающих, Книга 1 + CD by Ю. Г. Овсиенко). ISBN: 9785883371195 (Use this to search for book online)

Khavronina, S.A. and Shirochenskaya, A.I. (2013) Russian in Exercises (Русский язык в упражнениях by Хавронина,  С.А.  and Широченская, А.И. ). ISBN: 9785883371553 (Use this to search for book online)

Russian 8

Prerequisite:  Completion of Russian 7 or placement
*Course description and outcomes under construction*

Required Materials:

Ovsiyenko, Y.G (2017) Russian Language for Beginners Book 1+ CD (Русский язык для начинающих, Книга 1 + CD by Ю. Г. Овсиенко). ISBN: 9785883371195 (Use this to search for book online)

Khavronina, S.A. and Shirochenskaya, A.I. (2013) Russian in Exercises (Русский язык в упражнениях by Хавронина,  С.А.  and Широченская, А.И. ). ISBN: 9785883371553 (Use this to search for book online)

Russian Intermediate Conversation

Prerequisite:  Completion of Russian 8 or placement
The Russian Intermediate Conversation course is focused on increasing comprehension and fluency in the language, expanding active vocabulary, and applying foundational grammar.  It is intended for learners who have completed Russian 8 or who demonstrate an Intermediate level of proficiency.  Discussion on topics of interest will help students to express their ideas clearly, effectively, and accurately.  The course is customized to fit the needs of class members.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with higher oral proficiency than they started, typically within the Intermediate (ACTFL) or B1-B2 (CEFR) ranges.

 Communicative competence: By the end of the course, students will be able to maintain conversations and deliver speeches on a variety of topics.  Students will speak with improved accuracy, speed, rhythm, and cultural appropriateness (formality, idiomatic usage, phrasing, etc.), and they will listen with improved ability to comprehend explicit and implicit meaning.  During the course, students will also develop the strategies and the confidence needed to speak and listen effectively in real contexts outside the classroom.

Grammatical competence: Students will improve the application of previously introduced grammar structures, and develop new grammar knowledge as needed to advance the communicative goals of the course.  Grammar instruction and application are customized to fit the particular needs of the students in each class.

Required Materials:

Баско, Н.В. (2016).  We communicate in Russian in different situations (Общаемся на русском в разных ситуациах). Moscow: Русский Язык Курсы. (ISBN: 9785883374103 – Use this to search for book online)

Speak Better Russian: A Conversation Manual (online PDF)

Recommended Materials: 

Offord, D. and Gogolitsyna, N. (2005). Using Russian: A guide to contemporary usage (2nd ed.).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (ISBN: 9780521547611 – Use this to search for book online)

Custom Program

WAL can design a special language program for you or your group.  Custom classes are planned with your needs and objectives in mind. WAL has the materials and instructional staff to provide you with an outstanding experience! Choose the number of hours you want to study and the dates of your study and we will design a program just for you.

Custom Programs may be contracted in 10-hour blocks that must be used within 5 weeks. Request a Custom Program here.

Corporate Programs

Communication is always key, especially in the world of business. Our experienced instructors are ready to come to your office with a tailored, industry-specific approach to language instruction. Program content is customized to meet the needs of individual companies.

Instruction requires a minimum of 10 hours total and a minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson.  Programs are generally scheduled on weekdays. Meeting dates and times are flexible. Instruction can be delivered at corporate sites or at our downtown office.

Please contact us at 206-239-4789 or wal@cityu.edu for more information or to receive quote.

Tuition

Class Type Cost 
Evening & Day Classes $350 (effective 7/1/2017)
Custom Programs $700/10 hours
Shared Custom Programs $450/10 hours per person (2-3 students)
Specialized Programs $750/10 hours
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